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October 2023
Immigration News Briefs

Some progress in new visa bulletin

On September 15, the Department of State released the October visa bulletin, which was the first bulletin for fiscal year 2024. Although there was some expected movement forward in most categories, it was not as much as anticipated, leaving many waiting applicants quite frustrated at the long delays. The DOS did note that they would go by quarterly limits so there may be further advancements throughout the fiscal year.

On a bright note, USCIS determined that applicants can use the “Filing Dates” charts instead of the “Final Action Date” charts for both family- and employmentbased categories. What this means is that applicants can file adjustment of status applications much earlier than the final action priority dates, which will impact a significant number of immigrants who are in the U.S. waiting to change status. As for those waiting for consulate appointments, it will be a longer wait until the final action
dates move forward.

DACA updated upon federal court ruling

On September 13, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas issued a decision finding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Final Rule unlawful and expanding the original July 16, 2021, injunction and order of vacatur to cover the Final Rule. However, the court maintained a partial stay of the order for “all DACA recipients who received their initial DACA status prior to July 16, 2021.”

Accordingly, current grants of DACA and related Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) remain valid until they expire, unless individually terminated. However, USCIS will continue to accept and process DACA renewal requests and accompanying applications for employment authorization under the DACA regulations at 8 CFR 236.22 and 236.23, as it has since October 31, 2022, in accordance with this decision. USCIS will continue to accept initial requests, but per the order, not process initial DACA requests.

Currently valid grants of DACA and related EADs will continue to be recognized as valid under the Final Rule. This means that individuals with DACA and related EADs do not have to submit a request for DACA or employment authorization until the appropriate time to seek renewal.

Online appointment request form launched

USCIS has launched a new online form for individuals, attorneys, and accredited representatives to request an in-person appointment at their local field office without having to call the USCIS Contact Center. This online appointment request form allows individuals or legal representatives to request an in-person appointment (at a field office only) for ADIT stamps, Emergency Advance Parole, Immigration Judge Grants, and more. It is not a self-scheduling tool and individuals cannot schedule their own appointments with USCIS. The USCIS Contact Center will review submitted forms and the availability of in-person appointments at a specific field office. Individuals may request a specific date and time for an in-person appointment, but USCIS cannot guarantee that the requested appointment date will be scheduled. USCIS will confirm and schedule the individual for an available in-person appointment date and time.

The Contact Center may need to contact an individual either by phone or email depending on the appointment reason and urgency, using the reference number provided to them at the time the request was submitted. For more information, visit my.uscis.gov/appointment

 

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR ​ ​OCTOBER 2023

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01J​an15

01J​an15

2A

08F​eb19

08F​eb19

2B

22Sep15

22Sep15

3rd

​​​0​8​Jan09

​​​0​8​Jan09

4th

18O​ct05

22Apr07

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

 01J​an1​​7

Current

2nd

 01J​an1​2

​08Jul22

3rd

​​​​ 01​​May12

0​1​​Dec21

Other

 ​​​​ 01​​May12

0​1​​Aug20

4th

 01​​Jan19

01​​Jan19

5th

 ​15Dec18

Current1B

 

 

DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS - ​OCTOBER 2023

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01​Sep17

01​Sep17

2A

01​Sep23

01​Sep23

2B

​​01​Jan17

​​01​Jan17

3rd

​​0​1Mar10

​​0​1Mar10

4th

22F​eb06

01​​Mar08

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01Ju​l19

Current

2nd

​15M​ay12 

01​Jan23

3rd

01Aug12 

01​Feb23

Other

01​Aug12 

​15Dec20

4th

01​Mar19

01​Mar19

5th

0​1Apr22

Current1B


Visa Bulletin for ​​​​​​October 2023 is available on our website. Please go to http://www.khabar.com/magazine/ immigration/ 


 

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